Kansas City Chiefs: Time For the Raiders to Put Up or Shut Up

John BartramCorrespondent IINovember 3, 2010

The Oakland Raiders have played two excellent games in a row. In fact, they've been completely dominant.

They have out scored the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks 92-17. That's utter destruction. In fact, that's the first time they have won back-to-back games since 1965. 

They are sitting second in the AFC West, where they will be regardless of their game with the Chiefs, for the first time since the 1970's.

It appears from the reading I have done, their fans believe they are the best team in the NFL, ever. 

Therein lies the problem. They're not. They seem to have this illusion that because they had two great games in a row, they will never have anything but a great game. The problem is, it doesn't work that way.

I will give you a perfect example. On October 17th, the Oakland Raiders traveled all the way to San Fransisco. I'm not sure how far that is, maybe six miles? They lost that game 17-9 and looked very, very bad in doing so.

Considering how bad the 49'ers had been playing, it actually shocked nobody. Then, the Raiders turn around and stomp the daylights out of the next two teams they play.

The Chiefs played a very flawed game, at home against the 0-7 Buffalo Bills, which they won as time expired in overtime.

From what I've read, the logic follows as such: the Raiders just beat the hell out of two teams, and the Chiefs just barley beat an 0-7 team at home, therefore, the Raiders will destroy the Chiefs.

OK, I'll buy that. Or, maybe I won't.  I think most people assumed the Denver Broncos were going to beat the Raiders after the 49'ers beat them and the Broncos just came off a game they lost to the Jets.

In fact, the game they lost to the Jets, which I watched, could be argued as to who played better, but a win is a win is a win.  Additionally, the Jets are one of the better teams in the NFL. The 49'ers are not.

Are you following my lack of logic here?

The Raiders are becoming a much better team than they have in the past few years.  In fact, I recently wrote an article about how I thought it would be good for the teams, the AFC and all of football to renew their rivalry with the Chiefs.

The problem is, the Raider fans are ahead of schedule. The Chiefs are a better team, by a lot.

That, however, does not mean they will win Sunday. 

If, by the end of the season, the Raiders are on top of the Chiefs in the standings, I will acknowledge the Raiders are the better team.

Until then, forget it, not even close. Again, remember, no matter what happens Sunday, the Raiders will still be looking up at the Chiefs in the standings. Many articles I've read and Raider fans, seem to be mathematically challenged when it comes to that.

See you Sunday.

 

 

 

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